New Riff Backsetter Rye


Classification: Straight Rye

Company: New Riff Distilling

Distillery: New Riff Distilling

Release Date: Spring 2020

Proof: 100

Age: NAS (4 Years)

Mashbill:  95% Rye, 5% Malted Rye

Color: Light Copper

MSRP: $50 (2020)

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Wet oak | Fresh grass | Soaked rye kernels | Earthy & complex


Smoked cherries | Cherry wood | Chocolate cake | Burnt sugars


Oak | Malt | Light peppercorn spice | Hint of smoke | Short


For this limited release, New Riff used their traditional rye mashbill and a backset collected from a distillation of peat-smoked malted barley. The end result is nuanced and unique. The nose and palate bring complex flavors to the sip that you normally don’t find in too many ryes. The finish is good but falls short comparatively, which holds back in allowing the rye to truly shine. This one will challenge many rye drinkers who get a chance to try it.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

July 13, 2020
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